I've been News Director at 6News since December 2000. I oversee a staff of 17 and work closely with print and on-line staffers and editors to facilitate daily convergence and long-range, cross-media projects.
I love the fact that news in Lawrence and our surrounding towns is not all gloom and doom. We tell stories that truly impact our viewer's lives -- and hopefully leave our audience smiling from time to time. It's nice not to be in an "if it bleeds it leads" atmosphere.
It's also great working in a community where the audience is so well-informed and engaged.
In my spare time, I enjoy playing softball and spending time with my two nieces. I came to Channel 6 in March 2000 after 3 years as a reporter for KLWN/KLZR radio in Lawrence. I'm a native Kansan and 1997 graduate of Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas.
You can follow me on Twitter, where I provide instant updates on news and what's going on in Lawrence.
A limping J.R. Giddens, wearing a protective boot and his trademark headband, was greeted by a police officer and escorted into an office at the Law Enforcement & Judicial Center about 11:15 a.m. today.